Registration begins

Girls on the Run is an after-school program meeting twice a week for 10 weeks, designed to help girls in grades 3-8 realize the importance of self-confidence, healthy living, respect for their peers and responsibility to their community. Parents/guardians are encouraged to enroll their girls early since space for each site is limited. The registration fee is $100. Limited financial assistance is available to ensure that each girl who wishes to participate can, regardless of financial ability. Registration closes Feb. 28. The program begins the week of March 5 with a 5K celebration on May 19. To register your girl or for more information, visit

Meat-free recipes available

Earth Advocates at Second Congregational Church UCC urge the community to join them in meat-free eating one day a week, or two or three, or skip meat for Lent, Feb. 14 through March 31. To help, Earth Advocates created 83 pages of tasty, attractive, fun foods of all kinds that skip the meat. Download the free and fun 83 page book at or pick up your free copy at Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside St., Bennington.

Apply for Hildene Youth Corps

Hildene Youth Corps is a two-week summer program for eight highly motivated young people entering 7th or 8th grade. Youth Corps members spend their mornings working as a team to complete a project that allows for better access to the natural areas of Hildene. The 2018 project will be to create a vernal pool boardwalk to allow school groups and visitors to explore this unique and special habitat. In the afternoon youth corps members will investigate the diverse ecology of Hildene, enjoy crafts, help with projects and have fun. Youth corps members will learn about the ecological work of some nonprofits. At the end of the session each member will have the opportunity to direct $50 to one of the organizations with which they became familiar. To learn more about Hildene Youth Corps and for an application, visit

Funding available

Funding is now available for Vermont artists and arts organizations through the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund and the Concert Artists Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation. The Vermont Arts Endowment Fund awards grants up to $5,000 to support the creation and presentation of new work by Vermont artists and arts organizations. Grants are typically made in the fields of dance, theater, music composition and performance, creative writing, including poetry, short stories, novels and plays, sculpture, painting, photography, and film, although work in other media may also be eligible. Applications will be accepted through April 12, 2018. Visit to learn more.


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